5 Oscar-Inspired Cocktails

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While you’re watching the best films and actors be honored this weekend– why not try a little drink, too? The Oscars are a perfect inspiration for these drinks.

1. Best Supporting Actress // Meryl Streep // Old-Fashioned

Meryl Streep at the Oscars is pretty old-fashioned these days and she’s tried and true. Just like this cocktail– it’s a can’t miss.

Ingredients:

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 tsp Sugar (or 2 sugar cubes)

1 Orange wheel

1 Maraschino cherry

1 splash Club soda

2 oz Bourbon

Directions:

In a glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda. Remove the orange rind, add the bourbon and fill with ice. Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.

 

2. Best Original Song // “I’m Not Going to Miss You” // Cowboy Coffee

The Rhinestone Cowboy won’t be there, but we’ll drink this one in his honor.

Ingredients:

 2 Dark roast coffee beans

2.5 oz  Whiskey

.5 oz Demerara syrup (one part raw sugar, one part water)

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Directions:

In a shaker, crush the coffee beans. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake, and fine strain into a chilled Champagne flute. Squeeze a lemon peel over the drink and garnish with the peel and an additional coffee bean.

3. Best Picture // “American Sniper” // Americano

It’s even got a red tint to it– like red, white and blue.

Ingredients:

1 oz Campari

1 oz Cinzano Rosso Vermouth

Club soda

Directions:

Pour the Campari and vermouth into a rocks or highball glass filled with ice. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with an orange twist.

4. Best Picture // “Birdman” // The Rooster-Tail

Are roosters considered a bird? Close enough and this drink sounds delicious!

Ingredients:

 2 oz Peach brandy (not peach liqueur; may substitute 1.5 oz bonded applejack and .5 oz peach liqueur)

1 oz Rainwater Madeira

Juice of half a lemon

.5 oz Raspberry syrup

3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a small goblet filled with fresh cracked ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a raspberry or two.

5. Best Actress // Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl” // Mississippi Mule

Most of “Gone Girl” is set alongside the Mississippi River, which is exactly where we wanted to push Pike’s character– down the Mississippi, because we wanted that girl gone.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Gin

.25 oz Crème de Cassis

.25 oz Lemon juice

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a small goblet filled with fresh cracked ice.

Recipes adapted from Liquor.com.

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